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Rhododendron calendulaceum

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Flame azalea
Cultivar(s):
Chatooga , Cherokee , Richard Beilski
Categories:
Native Plants, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs
Comment:

Needs a few hours of direct sun; slow to become established; yellow to red fall foliage; loosely branched, upright habit; drought tolerant; excellent for naturalistic landscapes; native to western NC; slow to become established. This plant is frequently damaged by deer.

Description:
Woody, deciduous shrubs; fruit an elongated capsule.
Height:
4-8 ft.
Foliage:
Medium green foliage; yellow to red fall color. Leaves are alternate, simple, with either smooth or toothed margins.
Flower:
2 in., tubular, 5-parted, yellow, orange, red, scarlet, pink, apricot, salmon, or gold flowers, in loose trusses in a terminal cluster. Blooms late spring. Not fragrant
Zones:
5 to 7
Habit:
Deciduous
Site:
Partial shade; moist, well-drained soil; needs a few hours of direct sun
Texture:
Coarse
Form:
Upright; loosely branched
Exposure:
Partial shade; moist well drained soil
Poison Part:
All parts.
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion.
Symptoms:
Salivation, watering of eyes and nose, abdominal pain, loss of energy, depression, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, difficult breathing, progressive paralysis of arms and legs, coma.
Toxic Principle:
Andromedotoxin.
Severity:
HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!
Found in:
Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape as cultivated woody shrub; forest or natural area.
Width:
8-10 ft.
Tags:
deciduous, bumble bees, native

NCCES plant id: 531

Rhododendron calendulaceum R. calendulaceum plant in the wild
Photo by Nick Turland, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Rhododendron calendulaceum R. calendulaceum flower clusters
Photo by Nick Turland, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Rhododendron calendulaceum Orange flowers close-up
dogtooth77, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Rhododendron calendulaceum Rhododendron calendulaceum
JR P, CC BY-NC-2.0